- The Kanzu Washing Station
- Western Province, Nyamasheke
- Red Bourbon
- 1,900 masl
The Kanzu Washing Station is not an easy place to visit. When we visited earlier this year, we stopped at the top of a steep hill before clambering down a muddy pathway to the establishment. We soon realised that all the coffee at Kanzu, is delivered through this treacherous route.
Despite the difficult location, Kanzu produces approximately 1,300 bags of coffee per year. Once it’s been processed, every single bag is manually carried on the workers’ head up that same hill to a point where it can be safely collected by courier.
This coffee was one of the best we tasted on the cupping table at the washing station. It was dried in the shade over a long period of time at Kanzu’s greenhouse. This care and attention is identifiable in the final cup.
Espresso: 1:2 dose to yield, extracted in 28-36 secs
Filter: 0.07:1 coffee to water, brewed in 3-4 mins
Roast days are Tuesdays and Fridays. All orders placed by midnight the day before will be sent out first-class on the roast day.
We create a new and unique profile for each coffee we roast. Although the profiles are different, our approach is always the same, to highlight and accentuate the flavours created at the farm and mill. This means we don’t label our coffees as espresso, filter, dark or light roast. All of our coffees are omni-roast, meant to be delicious however you brew. We believe the heart of speciality is keeping the identity and character of every coffee intact and alive, no matter the brew method.